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My Ireland
I've reviewed your CD (is it your first?) and played the nostalgic and wistfull My Ireland track on our 1 hour music/news magazine programme Images of Ireland yesterday morning. I was interested in the lyrics as well
as the feeling you put into it - a nice counterpoint and perhaps a challenge to the Celtic Tiger
(shades of Dublin in the Rare Oul' Times by Pete St John).
However I could have done with some sleeve notes or a bio on how the recording came about, a little about yourself etc. Regarding the tracks, Heather on the Hill/ A Rose is a Rose/ Swing and Sway seem strangely out of place on an album entitled My Ireland - reasons for their inclusion? (this is where the sleeve notes would help).

Slán agus buíochas
Patrick

--Radio Auckland - Planet FM 104.6
My Ireland
I must confess that at my first listening I was really surprised by "My Ireland" as it is obviously not the usual album of Irish music or your typical Irish singer: probably if Frank Sinatra was born in Ireland he would sound just like Ian Gallagher. He's in fact a sort of crooner, with a clear jazz sensibility, who has decided to realise a true act of love for his home country, or for the home country of his ancestors if, as I suspect, he was born in the USA. In fact Ian has a very fine voice and his music his deeply imbued with his Irish roots even if one cannot say "My Ireland" is not a very different and various work... it works, it really works!

                                                                                 Massimo Ferro

--MASSIMO FERRO - Radio Voce Spazio
My Ireland
Hailing from Roscommon County, Ireland, Ian Gallagher has been performing traditional Irish songs and American pop tunes for the past thirty-five years. My Ireland showcases Irish songs and instrumentals, as well as 1950's American pop standards. Various percussion, accordion, sax, clarinet, trumpet, piano, trombone, guitar, bass and vocal harmonies accompany the tunes. A strong sense of lounge jazz, bop, and even swing, is evident in some of the American song remakes. Fans of the New York Irish music scene should surely acquire My Ireland.

--Review by Matt Forss insideworldmusic.com